The Printed Media: Making News—Constructing Realities

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

in Theocratic Democracy

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734863
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895090 | DOI:
The Printed Media: Making News—Constructing Realities

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This chapter describes the role of the media (e.g., control, transmission of culture, mobilization, create a sense of integration and purpose) and how news are constructed and transmitted. It suggests to view the media as a selective cultural mirror that tries to set agendas and echoes cultural conflicts and gives them substance. Printed media can be divided to various types such as commercial, ideological, entertainment. The discussion focuses on how the various printed media translate complex realities and try to construct and transmit what appears as a meaningful and simplified construction of realities.

Keywords: agenda setting; constructionism; crime; cultural conflicts; deviance; media

Chapter.  3873 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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